An Illustrator's Manifesto, in Poetry and Pictures

Reminiscent of Edward Gorey's illustrated verse, Temujin Doran's short video celebrates "the finest occupation."

Reminiscent of Edward Gorey's illustrated verse, Temujin Doran's short video celebrates "the finest occupation." While in art school, the filmmaker penned "a fictitious congratulatory letter written by a proud tutor to a recent graduate:"

The greatest illustration is not mere decoration 
but succinct accumulation of creative demonstration
and ratifying observation of the intended subjectation
with alarming innovation and shining punctuation ...

And on it goes, accompanied by Doran's beautiful line drawings. The rhymes are so compelling, it might just inspire you to sketch a little something of your own. 

For more work by Temujin Doran, visit http://studiocanoe.com/.

Via Vimeo Staff Picks

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Case for Napping at Work

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that.

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

Video

Playing An Actual Keyboard Cat

A music video transforms food, pets, and objects into extraordinary instruments.

Video

Stunning GoPro Footage of a Wildfire

In the field with America’s elite Native American firefighting crew

Video

The Man Who Built a Forest Larger Than Central Park

Since 1979, he has planted more than 1,300 acres of trees.

More in Video

Just In